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Last Saturday, one of my best friends in the world got married and it was so amazing to be a part of her special day. This wedding had been a LONG time coming, seeing as she met her now-husband just days into our freshman year of college, and they’ve been together pretty much ever since. It’s been pretty incredible to watch their relationship grow over the last almost 11 years, from two young kids still trying to figure it out and grow up, to two adults who stayed madly in love and have grown and figured it out together. Lianne has always been one of my closest friends since we met freshman year, but it’s been pretty awesome to grow so close with Parker too. I swear I’m not usually this sentimental, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what I want in relationship from watching the two of them. Enough of that!

The festivities started out Friday night with the rehearsal, and the five of us who are BFFs from college with Lianne got up and gave a little speech. I actually started (saying something similar to how I started this post…) and ended it, but it was funny having to keep the stories we shared PG since there was so much family (and grandparents) in the audience. And, as I’m sure you can imagine, stories from almost 11 years from ages 18 to 28 could lend themselves to some pretty inappropriate things, but we did a good job saying just enough.

Saturday morning, I headed over to the hotel to hang out with Lianne and the girls for a little while between hair and makeup, before heading back to my apartment to get ready for the big hoorah. The wedding was on the early side – 2:30 pm – so we got to the church by 2:15ish to make sure we got seats. The day itself started out stormy and rainy, and I was SO worried it wasn’t going to clear up. I kept hearing those famous words of Alanis Morissette (it’s like raaaaaain…) but luckily around 12:30 the rain completely cleared and it turned out to be the most amazing day.

Watching her two nephews walk down the aisle (besides making me miss my own niece and nephews!) was so darling, especially when Sammy, the younger one, hid behind Patrick after Patrick told him to smile.

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Before too long, it was Lianne’s big moment and I can’t imagine any eyes were dry when she walked into the church.

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She was breathtaking. Seriously.

The Catholic ceremony itself was really nice and powerful. I was pleasantly surprised with how much of a sense of humor their priest had because sometimes they can be a little dry, but he was very sweet and funny! Before too long, they were officially husband and wife and heading out of the church together.

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And then, it was time for the real fun to begin. After a photo shoot of course.

One of the guys (ahem Andrew) tried to take a picture of the 5 girls…

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But how many do you see there? Luckily some of them could count…

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Lindsay, me, Rachel, Jess, and Leah.

And, the guys.

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Evan, Andrew (the photog mentioned above), Niket, Matt, and Bryon.

A close up of me and Matt.

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And then, we headed back to the hotel for the reception. It seriously turned out to be the most amazing day outside, and the cocktail hour was outdoors in a gorgeous courtyard, which unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of. The cocktail hour was over before we knew it, and then we got to head inside and watch Lianne and Parker’s first dance as husband and wife!

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It was so cute to watch them talking and laughing the whole time they danced… I was so curious what their conversations were about.

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But, I guess that’s between husband and wife.

Life Lately

Hello long lost friends! What a whirlwind life has been lately. Here’s some random highlights to get you up to speed with my life lately.

Two weekends ago, I went to San Diego for a work conference. The view from my hotel room looked like a postcard!

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It was absolutely gorgeous outside, so I laid out for 45 minutes before exploring the town and going out for dinner.

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My body totally forgot how to process sun, and I woke up in a lot of pain the next day. Whoops.

I ended up coming back a day early because I got finished with everything for work I had to get done, and it was cheaper to change my flight than to stay an extra night in the hotel. It was a fun and productive trip, but weird staying just one night in a hotel on the other side of the country!

Then I got back to DC and left again a few days later for New Orleans for one of my best friend’s bachelorette’s. It was AMAZING. Here’s the bachelorette, Lianne, and me:

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9 girls, and somehow NO DRAMA.

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We ate, drank, danced, and made Lianne do a lot of embarrassing things. It was so much fun, but I am definitely not 21 anymore. By the last day, we were all ready to come back home, and not eat or drink again. Winking smile

And then this past weekend, we had a baby shower for one of our best friend’s from college, Rachel. She’ll be 37 weeks this Friday, and it is so crazy to think that my friends are now having babies and that no one is concerned because we’re old enough that it’s perfectly acceptable.

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She looks SO cute and you can’t even tell she’s pregnant from the back or the front. I can only dream that I’ll look anything like that at almost full term! Lianne and Jess came with, and it was so fun to see a lot of the women in Rachel’s life that we hadn’t seen since the wedding.

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The set-up was really cute, with baby-themed décor everywhere.

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We played a bunch of games, ate food and delicious oreo-filled cake, and watched Rachel open a ton of gifts to get ready for Ethan’s arrival. Such a fun afternoon.

Other random updates:

    • The Beth’s Journey DietBet ends today!
    • I am traveling to Woodstock, NY to see my sister and the kiddos this coming weekend for the first time since Christmas!
    • I leave for Peru in less than 2 months
    • I have a big (for my life) weightloss journey related announcement coming tomorrow

See you soon!

Would you guys be interested in me hosting another DietBet for May? I was thinking of having another one start Monday, May 6, but only if you guys want me to!

Wednesday Weekly Check In

I didn’t weigh in at my meeting yesterday but decided to do a video update anyways and give a little more insight into my tough week last week that I talked about a bit in yesterday’s post.

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Really hot still shot, I know.

A little ramble-y up in there, so maybe it’s better to just read the summary here.. haha.

Some of the comments and emails I got when I did my 2013 Intentions post were that you want me to be more… me. That often times I come on here and talk about how good I’m doing and how many times I’ve worked out, and not what went wrong. I didn’t even really realize that until someone else said it, but I do think for me, blogging and healthy living go hand in hand. When I am slipping and not doing well with weight loss/healthy living, I tend to steer very clear of the blog and have a really hard time coming up with topics to write about.

When I’m doing well, on the other hand, I normally have no trouble coming up with things to write about, but I am starting to realize that might give you all the wrong impression about me and my life. I am not perfect. I still struggle. Last weekend was really bad in terms of eating and drinking, and it was SO HARD to snap myself out of it on Monday.

It honestly surprises me that I’m four years into my journey, since 2009 was the year I decided to “get healthy”, and it is still so easy for one bad decision to lead to another in my life. I think it just goes to show that the journey really never is over, and for the rest of my life, I have to take it one day at a time, just like I did at the beginning.

Anyways, when I share random thoughts like this they come out so easy, and I realize maybe I’ve been putting a bit of a façade up on the blog by not coming here when I’m doing poorly or can’t think of something to say. I’m going to try to write more frequently about random things going on in my life and show you the real me, even if it isn’t all ponies and rainbows.

Turns out down here is a little ramble-y too, so I’ll stop now. Smile

Do you struggle with one bad choice spiraling into a day or a weekend or a full week? How do you snap out of it?

Weekend of Twos

This weekend was seriously awesome. There were lots of twos, so I figured I’d just go with it!

First, I had two GREAT runs, for different reasons.

The first was my long run for the week of 6 miles for half marathon training. It was early Saturday morning and the weather was PERFECT. I set out and just felt amazing during the entire run (besides the minimal self-peptalk time during the first mile), and I finished it faster than I’ve ever run before – an 8:46 pace! I doubt I can do it again, but it felt incredible at the end.

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The second run was with my sister yesterday morning in Philly, and we covered 4 miles at a much slower pace. We had a dog and a baby in tow, and man do those two things slow you down! It still felt great, and I love running with my sis, so that’s a win.

Second, this little guy turned two!

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Photo credit goes to Colleen, one of my sister’s close friends!

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For those of you who have been following my blog for a while (read: two years), you might remember that my sister went into preterm labor at just 23 weeks and 1 day. Harper was born at just 1 lb 3 oz, and though it’s been a tough road at times, he’s now a chatty, amazing, and too-smart-for-his-own-good two year old! He truly is a miracle, and he is so awesome.

My two favorite dishes from the party:

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Ricotta, honey, and seasalt bruschetta! My sister Heather made these and they were so simple, but so delicious. The secret she says is with good quality ricotta, and you just spread some on a piece of fresh baguette, drizzle with some honey, and sprinkle a little seasalt to finish it off!

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Annnnnd vegan potato and caramelized onion knishes! These were almost too good because I ate way more than I was planning on, but they were one of the catered dishes from the party and were seriously amazing. I’m sort of glad I don’t have the culinary prowess to make these!

Kid birthday parties are SO fun. Especially where there are Elmo cupcakes!

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Aren’t you impressed? My sister Wendy made them!

The weekend also had two PERFECT weather days.

The run outside and the party took up most of Saturday. Sunday, we got to spend a lot of time at the park in Philly, which was awesome.

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That’s the birthday boy and his big cousin, Claire, who just started kindergarten.

I also got to spend a lot of time with my sister Heather’s two kids – Claire and Ben!

I seriously love being an aunt. It’s funny because growing up, my extended family was never that that close. We would spend holidays together but whenever someone said they were close enough with their cousins to consider them a sibling, I never really got it.

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But now that I am an aunt, and see my sisters kids interact with each other as cousins, I can’t imagine NOT being such a big part of their lives.

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Even if I can’t get everyone in a picture at once successfully.

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Good thing this cutie pie likes to cooperate.

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Love.

What were the 1 or 2 best parts of YOUR weekend?

Color Run 5k Race Recap

Yesterday I participated in the “happiest race on Earth” also known as the Color Run 5k. I will say it was super fun and definitely the most unique race experience I’ve ever had, and this was race number 23 so I feel qualified to make such a statement.

The day started the same as any other race with a wakeup call far too early for a Sunday of 6:45am. I laid out all my gear the night before to make the morning easy on me.

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    • Race t-shirt
    • Bib w/safety pins
    • Color Run Headband
    • Socks
    • Old running sneaks
    • Sunglasses

Plus, special for this race:

    • Flipflops
    • A change of clothes
    • a garbage bag for all my clothes post-race
    • a ziplock for my phone

I quickly got geared up:

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Made a quick pre-race mini-meal of an english muffin toasted with smashed banana:

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And then I was out the door to meet my friends. I drove the 25 minutes from home to the site of the race with these ladies:

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Me, Lianne, Jess, and Amy.

The ride itself was easy peasy, and the race logistics were very smooth for such a big race. We hung around and waited for our other friends to meet us, and before too long the 7 of us running the race were together at last.

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Jess, Lianne, Amber, Me, Elena, Caroline, and Amy.

We headed to the start and MAN it was crowded.

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I thought the Color Run handled the logistics of the race REALLY well. The race wasn’t timed, it was just for fun, so they let groups of people go every 5-10 minutes. This allowed us to get off without a hitch and, besides a few small aprts of the course, to avoid overcrowding.

The weather itself was PERFECT and the scenery along the harbor was beautiful.

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Our pack in action:

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Before too long, we spotted the first color area. I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but it basically consisted of volunteers standing on both sides of the color area, holding clear plastic bottles that might be used for condiments otherwise, with chalky paint in them. They squirted out the paint as the runners went by, so your clothes got covered. Each of the color stops along the race was a different color, so the first one was yellow, the second red, the third orange, and the last one blue. I might have made that order up.

But here’s a close up of the orange color stop:

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Since the paint was powdered, it got all up into the air and you had to be careful not to breath too much while running through. One of my friends was lucky enough to have the paint squirted DIRECTLY INTO HER MOUTH by one of the volunteers, but that luckily didn’t happen to me.

Since the run wasn’t timed, it was just a really chill run and wasn’t too stressful. It was supposed to be a 5k and I didn’t clock it or anything, but I think it was more like 2.5 miles rather than 3.1 judging by how fast we were running/how much time it took/how long I felt like I was running for.  Before long, we spotted the finish line and were done!

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Paint covered, but it wasn’t so bad yet.

As part of your race packet, they give you packs of the powdered paint to toss in the air after the race. We spotted a group congregating across the way and saw the powered paint clouding the area above them, so over there we went.

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This part was just ridic. If you go to spectate a color run OR you run and don’t want to breathe in/get covered in paint, I’d say avoid this part. It was nutso.

Action shot of Lianne and I:

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After that whole thing, that is when we were all COVERED in paint.

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And what’s a fun run with a group without a jumping picture at the end?

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No fun at all.

So, would I do it again?

Totally. I think if you’re looking for a low pressure race, this is the one you should do. A few of my friends who did it don’t love running, but loved this race and said they had so much fun. When I suggested we do more 5ks together, I got a few sideways glances that told me not to get my hopes up.

What’s the most unique race you’ve ever done? Does a race like this sound like something you’d do?

Weekend Highlights

1.) Savings at the grocery store always make me giddy. This week’s bill went from:

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to:

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With the store savings and a coupon I had! Almost 40% off the bill – woohoo!

2.) On Saturday, I got a manicure/pedicure with a new-to-me color that I am LOVING. The place I go to has a great deal for $35 for both, and I love for my nails to look good! The color is OPI Pamplona Purple and it is a little lighter than it looks in the photo below.

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3.) It rained for a lot of Saturday night/all day yesterday, so I got to use my new clear bubble umbrella for the first time this weekend, and it really is the best. It makes the rain way less dreadful, and keeps both me and my purse both dry! It’s kind of crazy how much I didn’t mind going out in the rain yesterday because of it.

4.) I got two awesome workouts on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I did a 5.25 mile run outside in about 50 minutes, and then I biked the same distance back home. On Sunday, I did 45 mins of hill walking on the treadmill (3.8 mph with incline up to 10.0) and then a full body strength training workout. I’ve started LOVING powerwalking on an incline as cross-training, and it burns almost as many calories as running does (~400 in the 45 mins)!

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5.) One night out and one night in – my ideal weekend. Friday night I was exhausted so I came home, cleaned my whole apartment and then laid down on the couch and watched Submarine on Netflix. It was a quirky independent film that was quite entertaining and funny, and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something new to watch. Saturday night I went out for dinner and drinks with some friends, and it was a blast. Perfect combo!

6.) And the most exciting highlight from the weekend – I got a NEW BIKE!!

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I have a hybrid bike that I got just about two years ago, but I really wanted to get a road bike and have been thinking about it for quite some time. On Saturday I went to a vintage bike market to see what they had, and my eyes were immediately draw to this bike. I rode it around the parking lot and was surprised at how different it feels from my hybrid – leaning forward to grab the handle bars feels SO awkward at first! It’s definitely going to take some getting used to, but I am SO excited to own a bike I love so much!

And that’s all I got!

Share a highlight from your weekend!

Part One: SXM Recap

Hi! Sorry for the extended/unannounced blogging hiatus! After I posted the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler recap, I had a super busy week and then got a major allergy attack later in the week that left me out of commission for a couple days. Then all of a sudden it was time to leave for vacation last Sunday!

I went to St. Maarten for a quick four night trip with my sister Wendy, her husband Justin, and their son/my nephew, Harper.

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They own a one bedroom timeshare, so get to vacation there every April, and I was lucky enough to be invited along this year! I’ve actually been to St. Maarten several times before because my parents also own a timeshare on the island so I used to go a lot growing up, but it had been many years since I’d been.

In case you don’t know too much about St. Maarten, it’s an island in the Carribbean that is half French and half Dutch, and though their timeshare is on the Dutch side, we spent a lot of time on the French side of the island as well. It’s a pretty low-key island with gorgeous beaches, great food, and friendly people, and I absolutely love it.

As soon as the plane touched the ground last Sunday, I was SO excited to soak in the view.

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My sister picked me up from the airport, and as soon as we got to the apartment, I immediately changed into my bathing suit without wasting any time.

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We had a low key lunch at the timeshare, and then decided to go for a walk on the beach once the sun was setting.

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It was absolutely gorgeous and I was SO happy to be there. I really tried to enjoy every second I was there and make the most of it since I was only there from Sunday – Thursday, and I think I did a good job doing just that.

On the day I arrived, it was a bit overcast and raining, but for pretty much the entire rest of the time I was there the weather was amazing. We spent a lot of time at the beach across the street from their timeshare, Mullet Bay.

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As well as a ton of time at the pool chasing around this little guy, who’s favorite trick by the time I was leaving was to toss himself unassisted into the pool.

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Luckily we had a 3:1 adult to kid ratio, so he was in good hands.

I also spent a TON of time reading and read three great books while I was there. Can you blame me with the background?

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The books I read were Holes, A Stolen Life (the Jacyee Dugard memoir), and the first Harry Potter Book (not the first time, but it had been a while!). All three were awesome, quick reads, with the middle one obviously a bit deeper/more serious than the other two.

Because we had a baby on the trip, it meant we were up and moving super ealry in the morning, and also in bed early at night. The latest I was up was about 11am – it was amazing! I felt so well rested and relaxed when I was leaving, though I wasn’t quite ready to leave when the time came, as I’m sure you could have guessed.

Do you prefer vacations that are more action packed or more relaxing?

If you had asked me before this trip, I would have said action packed. I tend to be go-go-go all the time, so it’s hard for me to just sit down and not be doing anything. This trip though, I seriously felt like I finally got a BREAK from everything and was able to recharge like woah. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Highs and Lows

Let’s get the lows out of the way, shall we?

Lows

This weekend, I did one of the most inconvenient things known to man – managed to lose my ENTIRE wallet. My credit/debit cards, my license, Starbucks card (priorities, I know), my Weight Watchers Lifetime card, tons of coupons from conferences, my checkbook… that’s all I can positively identify that was in there. On Friday night, the entire wallet just fell out of my purse on my way home and despite calling the place I was, backtracking on the street, searching my apartment upside down and inside out, it is nowhere to be found.

IT IS SO ANNOYING.

To top it off, I just got my new DC license, and I cannot find my passport that I used for ID to get it ANYWHERE. I am crossing my fingers (and my toes) that I left it at the DMV, but they are closed on Mondays so I have to wait until first thing today to call. The other worst part is that I’m going to Chicago for Leadership training on Thursday, and literally have no ID to get me on the plane!

I’ve already cancelled all my cards and ordered new ones, plus went to the bank to get a temporary card, so at least I have access to my own money now. But still, most annoying and inconvenient thing ever. End rant.

Highs

The biggest highlight of this weekend was a birthday celebration for one of my best friends, Rachel. She turned 28 on Saturday, so a few of us go together to go up to Ellicott City where she lives and take her out for high tea. We all got gussied up with fancy hats:

Me, Jess, Rachel, and Katie (Jess’s sister who was visiting)

The way it works is everyone orders a pot of tea, and then they bring out a three tiered dish with different finger foods to eat. The menu is set, so you don’t have to choose what you want to eat which is kind of nice for me since I like to try a little bit of everything.

We all did decide to add on the seasonal soup, which was a cup of butternut squash and apple soup, garnished with sour cream and herbs.

It was delicious, creamy, and tasted just like Fall.

Before too long, the finger foods came out for us to dig into.

So much stuff!

The bottom layer had black currant scones (my favorite thing of the day!), plus fresh fruit and some pieces of havarti cheese.

The middle plate had finger sandwiches – tomato, ham (which I didn’t have) and a cinnamon bread with some sort of pumpkin and carrot filling which was sweet, but delicious. There was also a corn and cucumber salad for everyone which I will be trying to recreate at home – so good!

The top tier had huge pieces of chocolate cake, apple crumb bars, short bread cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries for all. The shortbread cookies were my fav!

And of course, you can’t forget the tea.

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I ended up going with the seasonal tea, which was brandied apple and oh so good. There were so many teas on the menu and it took us so long to decide which kinds to get, so it’s a good thing we didn’t have to decide on the food, too!

I’d only ever done a high tea once before in my life and it was for my sister’s bridal shower several years ago. It was so much fun to do it again for Rachel’s birthday!

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Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite kind?

I do like tea, but I am a daily coffee drinker so I only really have tea on occasion. I love the seasonal kinds like gingerbread and eggnog, but I also love just a plain old cup of green tea sometimes!

Running, Friends, and Downtime: The Perfect Weekend

It is so  hard to accept that this weekend is over! It was just what I needed – a perfect mix of running, time with friends, and relaxation.

First, let’s talk running. On my training plan, I had a 3 mile speed workout at goal pace and an 8 mile long run for this weekend. I wasn’t sure if I’d do the 3 mile goal pace run, but when Saturday came around and it was cold and dreary out, I was not feeling the 8 miler, so I ended up pounding out the 3 miles on the treadmill in the afternoon. My goal pace was 9:31 min/mile (6.3 mph) when I started this training plan, but I’ve definitely noticed myself getting faster as a result of the speed work, so on Saturday 6.3 mph was feeling pretty easy, so I upped it to 6.4 mph (9:22 pace) and felt really good for the whole 3 miles. I ended up finishing in 28:10, which is fast for me! I definitely felt like I could keep running at the end, so that was a great way to finish the run.

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On Sunday, the weather was BEAUTIFUL. It was in the upper 40s, sunny, clear and just perfect for running, so I was kind of excited I ended up waiting until Sunday to do the long run. If you remember from last weekend, my 7 miler ended up having to be on the treadmill, and it was slightly painful. This time, I felt awesome. It’s crazy what a difference there is in training this time versus last time. Last time, I remember feeling so defeated during each and every long run, hoping that one day it would just “click” and not be so hard. It was only during the last long run – the 12 miler – where that happened, and then during the race itself.

This time, training has felt GOOD. There have definitely been some runs that are harder than others, but most of the time I’ve physically felt really good during the runs, even if I’ve struggled a little bit mentally. Yesterday’s run was no exception. I pounded out 8 miles, and the only mentally rough part was as I was approaching the 4 mile mark because I did an out and back run, and was getting anxious to get to the turn around point. Otherwise, I was feeling good, strong, and confident during the whole run – such a great feeling!

Funny enough, I wore both my Garmin AND my Polar this time. Here’s the stats:

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I finished the 8 miles in 1:16:17, which is an average pace of 9:32, which I’m very happy with since I felt really comfortable the whole time. If I can maintain that pace during my half (another 5.1 miles), that will put me at my reach goal, finishing in under 2:06 (cutting 10 minutes off my time from my first half marathon!). Overall, a great weekend for running!

Now, let’s talk friends.

Saturday, Katie was in town since her parents live just outside of DC. We have been talking a lot over the last several months over email, phone, and g-chat, but had never met in person until this weekend. We had SUCH a great time!

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We ended up going to Café Asia in Rosslyn, because they do happy hour even on Saturdays. They have a bunch of appetizers for $3, cheap (but delicious) sushi, plus really reasonable wine, sake, and beer.

All these appetizers were just $3 each!

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Summer Rolls, Crab Wontons (with this sauce that you would want to bathe in it tastes so good), and edamame. We also got a bunch of sushi but I forgot to take a picture.

I asked the bartender to take a picture of us, and for some reason he moved over to the side behind the beer taps and got a picture at a really awkward angle (when there was plenty of room to get our photo right in front of where we were sitting).

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Thank you, bartender. Smile

We had a blast and it was just what I needed to unwind and have fun during the weekend!

And finally – the relaxation portion of my weekend. There was plenty of that. Friday night, I ended up just coming home, watching a movie, and vegging out for the whole night. Saturday, I slept in (until 10:30!), and then was busy for most of the rest of the day but it was all fun stuff. Sunday, Wil and I went to church in the morning and they did an awesome message about controlling your anger (over everyday things), and then we went out for lunch at this cute little Vietnamese restaurant – Saigon Saigon. They have this awesome deal for a bento box for lunch for just $8.95, even on Sundays!

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It came with the entrée (I ordered grilled shrimp), steamed rice, house salad, and a spring roll. I asked for a fresh spring roll rather than the fried kind and they gladly replaced it.

My date (with his bento box):

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He got the grilled pork for the entrée and the rest the same as me. All the food was fabulous, and so cheap! We will definitely be frequenting this place on Sundays after church because there also happens to be a Harris Teeter grocery store right there, so we hit it up after lunch to get a few things for the week. Besides my 8 miler, I ended up spending the rest of the day at home and laying low watching the Super Bowl. There were a few parties but we both just decided being lame and staying put sounded more appealing.

Perfection.

How was your weekend? What was your favorite part?

The Real Housewife of Ellicott City

Happy Monday! Catching up from the weekend? Make sure you check out:

I’m actually using a comp day today because I get some time off since I worked through the weekend while in San Diego last weekend, so my weekend is not quite over. And I’m so excited to be using today to head up to Philly to see my nephew Harper! I cannot wait to see him in his home for the first time, after 129 long days in the ICN. He’s almost 7 pounds now and looking so good and chubby… Plus, I get to hold him today!! So exciting. I promise to share some pics tomorrow.

One of the most fun parts of this weekend for me was a dinner party on Saturday. My friend Rachel (who’s wedding I was in this past August) lives about 45 minutes outside of DC, so my girlfriends and I don’t get a chance to venture up there too much. When we got an invite from “The Real Housewife of Ellicott City” to come over for dinner, it was the perfect opportunity to head up there.

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In college, we had a group of six of us that were best friends, and after we graduated four of us stayed in DC, one moved to NYC, and one moved home to Boston. I’m glad to be in the group of 4 that stayed because its so nice having my best friends so accessible. And, even though we all live so close, it had been way too long since the four of us had been together!

Rachel (the host), me, Lianne, and Jess (plus wine obviously)

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Rachel set up the table so cute!

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Then the table got more full once the salad was served too.

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My plate…

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Roasted broccoli and red potatoes, plus salmon baked in foil with a walnut pesto sauce. The pesto was SO delicious – its so simple but somehow I always forget about it and how great it can be for all types of meat (or veggies). She used that same pesto to make chicken for everyone else (not everyone is a fish fan otherwise she would have made salmon for all), and it was totally delicious.

As the night went on and the wine flowed freely, it got harder to have everyone on the same page about when to take a picture.

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But then we all decided to get in the same awkward pose in sync with each other, so I guess that works?

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Smile

Then we broke out the cupcakes from Whole Foods…

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There was caramel something, chocolate raspberry, vanilla with buttercream frosting, and double chocolate. My job was to try to cut them into pieces, and I was pretty impressed with my work.

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Plus a huge pile of brownies that Rachel made. I ate way too much of this plate but it was delicious and totally worth it. Such a fun night!

Where have you met most of your friends that you hang out with? College, high school, work, other ways? My best friends are mostly from college, but I’ve made some really close friends from work, too.

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